Mikel Arteta was proved right after his first-half demand to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in Arsenal’s win over Newcastle.
But Arsenal had to wait until five minutes after the restart before making the breakthrough, having registered just one shot on target in a goalless first half.
During that opening period, Arteta could be heard barking orders at Aubameyang and Tierney to break forward with more urgency down the left as Newcastle pushed forward.
The manager shouted: “KT, Auba, wait for the second ball and then go…”
And he was proved right as Aubameyang fired Arsenal into the lead on 50 minutes, having hit the post in the first half.
The Gabon international drove inside from the left following a ball over the top from Thomas Partey, before firing past Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow for his first Premier League goal in five games.
The second goal also came from the left, with Aubameyang passing forward for Smith Rowe to jink his way past Jamaal Lascelles before crossing for Bukayo Saka to slam home.
And the Gunners’ victory was complete when Cedric Soares got to the byline and cut it back for Aubameyang to tap in his second of the night.
It was just his fifth league goal this season, with the 31-year-old having struggled to replicate his past prolific form since signing a bumper new deal in the summer keeping him at the club until 2023.
But the manager said the striker’s double will help fire him up the second half of the season.
“Those goals today will give him good confidence so that’s good for the team,” said Arteta.
“That’s what he has done through his career, always kept going and scored big goals when he needed them and that’s what he’s done for us tonight.
“I’m really pleased. Collectively and individually it was really strong.
“Overall the team looked confident, solid and very clear about what we had to do. I’m very happy with the clean sheet and the goals.”
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